DEEP: Dangerous chemicals removed from Quinnipiac river, water testing results pending

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SOUTHINGTON — Officials from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are still awaiting the results of water and soil sediment tests taken after an estimated 300 gallons of chemicals spilled into the Quinnipiac River in Southington, but are not concerned.

DEEP spokesman Dennis Schain said Friday the agency expects to receive the results over the weekend. Staff will review them on Monday and make a decision about whether the continuing environmental cleanup has been sufficient or whether more work needs to be done.

However, he did say that the chemicals have been removed from the river and there’s no indication that the river was seriously impacted; there haven’t been fish kills, and aquatic life seems to be doing okay.

While he does not believe there’s a threat to the public, Schain says people still should not eat fish taken from the river between West Queen Street and downstream to Route 10 in Southington until the soil and water tests come back Monday.

DEEP is also still advising the public to stay away from the river banks in the area where chemicals were released from a metal plating company.